New 2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan
Subaru Impreza Sedan
The all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza adds refinement, technology and extra interior space to an already hot-selling sedan and hatchback combo.
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The 2017 Subaru Impreza is as all-new as a car can be, but it's still all-Subaru, with standard all-wheel drive, sporty handling and a funky-sounding flat-4 engine. But everything is better. The new chassis is stiffer, the suspension more refined and the steering sharper; put it together and even mid-level models are fun to drive. It's quieter, too, whether cruising down the highway or at full-throttle acceleration. The roomy interior offers rear seats even adults can like, the next-generation of EyeSight improves on Subaru's camera-based driver assist and safety technology, and Subaru's Starlink infotainment system now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Best of all: Prices hardly budge, making the Impreza an all-wheel-drive alternative to the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and many others.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want an all-wheel-drive car, but don’t want to break your compact-car budget, then the 2017 Subaru Impreza is the only way to go. Even if all-wheel drive isn't important, the sharp styling, available hatchback body and cutting-edge technology may convince you.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Impreza is not a particularly quick car, owing in part to the additional weight of its standard all-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy, though good, falls short of the best in its class, like the Honda Civic.
What's New for 2017
Everything. The 2017 Subaru Impreza is so comprehensively redesigned that even the interior door handles are new.
Compared to its predecessor, the first thing you'll notice about the 2017 Subaru Impreza is the quiet, a credit to the new architecture's refinement. Beyond that, there's the quicker and more responsive steering, which gives the new Impreza a livelier feel from behind the wheel. The suspension varies depending on what model you choose, but even the mid-level Impreza Premium provides surprising grip; step up to the Impreza Sport and the car's new chassis makes the most of the lower-profile tires. One downside is power: The 2.0-liter engine puts out 152 horsepower, but it has more than 3,000 pounds of Subaru to lug around, and it never feels sporty. The new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is smooth and quiet, and its paddle shifters imitate a 7-speed traditional automatic, but enthusiasts will gravitate to the 5-speed manual, or hold out hope for a more powerful engine in the future.
STANDARD ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Maybe a little on the nose for a favorite Subaru feature, but you won't find this kind of all-weather peace of mind at a lower price. And this is a sophisticated system, with torque vectoring on higher-end models that makes the most of your traction, no matter the road conditions.
EYESIGHT DRIVER ASSIST
Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology uses stereo cameras to literally look down the road and observe things like other cars for active cruise control and collision avoidance, lane lines for active lane keeping, and more. It's also available on nearly all Impreza models.
The interior has been thoroughly redesigned yet will be familiar to Subaru fans. Subaru designed the logically laid-out gauges, infotainment and controls to look far more upscale than you'd expect for a car with a base price that's less than $20,000. Top-notch materials include soft-touch surfaces, and a classy stitched look on the dash and doors. The comfortable front seats are complemented by rear seats that finally offer decent legroom for adults. Cargo space in the Impreza sedan is a smallish 12.3 cubic feet; the hatchback's 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space expands to 55.3 with the rear seats folded.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, and the styling reflects its new proportions without exaggerating any of it. The grille and headlight treatments immediately mark this car as a Subaru, and some of the surfacing details still look like an Impreza. But the long roof and coupe-like shape of the sedan are much more modern and eliminate the stubbiness of the old car's lines. Hatchback models make up 60 percent of Impreza sales, and the new one is a looker. For the first time, sedans as well as hatchbacks have built-in attachments for roof racks.
Notable Standard Equipment
Like all Subaru models, the 2017 Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive, which isn't even available in most of its competitors. However, note that the base model is a price-leader because it's pretty basic. Standard features on the base model Impreza 2.0i include a new Starlink audio system that includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview camera and air conditioning. Base models also get air conditioning, cruise control and incline-start assist. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual on base models; the CVT is optional but standard on the rest of the lineup.
Notable Optional Equipment
Subaru says the 2.0i Premium will be the volume leader, and it adds a 7-speed manual shift mode for the CVT, better shocks, an updated audio system, and welcome lighting and illuminated power window switches. The Sport is a distinct model for the 2017 model year, offering more aggressive wheels, tires and suspension settings, red stitching on the dash and doors, and a better audio system with a bigger touch screen. The Limited adds more comfort features like a 6-way-power driver's seat, an instrument cluster with a color LCD display, steering-responsive headlights and more. Stand-alone option packages include EyeSight and a moonroof.
Under the Hood
There's only one engine available for the 2017 Subaru Impreza: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder putting out 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. While similar to last year's engine, Subaru points out that it's 80-percent new, with the biggest improvement being a new advanced fuel-injection system. It's connected to either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and being a Subaru, all-wheel drive is standard. While fuel economy is pretty good, and on paper it's competitive with other cars in its class, the engine strains to move the 3,000-pound Impreza with authority, and the CVT's occasionally slow reactions only exacerbate the problem. Hopefully Subaru will offer an upgrade engine; may we suggest the 175-horsepower flat-4 under the hood of the Legacy?
152 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/32 mpg (manual, sedan), 28/38 mpg (automatic, sedan), 24/31 mpg (manual, hatchback), 28/37 mpg (automatic, hatchback)
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i changed very little: with a manual transmission, the $19,200 price (including $820 destination) makes it the least expensive all-wheel-drive vehicle you can buy. The best-selling Premium starts around $22,000, while the top-line Limited is just under $25,000. The new Sport model is about $23,000 if you want a manual, or $23,600 with an automatic. Hatchbacks cost about $500 more than sedans. Load up a Limited hatchback with all the trimmings and you're still looking at less than $30,000. That's a competitive price against the likes of the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Ford Focus, none of which offer all-wheel drive. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their new Impreza, and note that although this model is all-new, the previous Impreza was a class winner when it comes to resale value.
Subaru Impreza Consumer Reviews
October 05, 2018
Very Nice Car!
I purchased a 2018 Subaru Impreza 5 Door Wagon. On an impulse, I purchased the 50th anniversary edition, which is what I test drove....
March 08, 2018
Fun wagon for the money
After reading many expert reviews on the Imprezas acceleration, the first thing I tried out was its get up and go. Not only was I...
January 20, 2018
The cover for truck contents lowers rating
I love my car in every way except the cover to hide cargo is near impossible to get out and store, but it is impossible to do so and not...
June 09, 2018
Exceeded expectations on every level. Great car
Thought we would likely buy a Forrester but ride was too rough so tried a red Impreza hatchback premium with moonroof. WOW! while it is...
January 17, 2018
Solid car but with a few gripes
Ive owned my 2018 Impreza Sport 5-door for only a month, but I feel like its long enough to write a simple review - pros & cons....
September 13, 2017
Automotive Zen - Balance in all things
After years of cars ranging from Meh to Bleh Subaru finally gets one right. After driving a few of the pre 2017 imprezzas as loaner...
July 25, 2017
Great car, some minor concerns
got the limited, great car, love driving it, was surprised at the smooth ride and responsive driving dynamics. Also a surprise is the...
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2017 Subaru Impreza Specs
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Choose a song, dictate a text message or navigate to a destination with the ease and familiarity of your smartphone.
Collision Mitigation Braking
If it senses an impending collision, the Impreza can automatically apply its brakes to avoid or reduce the severity of impact.
Lane Keep Assist
Driving straight down the highway requires small but continuous steering corrections. Lane Keep Assist does some of the work for you.
Keyless Entry and Pushbutton Start
Unlock and start the car without ever touching the key. You'll never go back to the old way.
Heated Front Seats
Good for chilled bones or aching backs.
USB and Bluetooth Phone Connectivity
Connect your device for hands-free calling, music listening and much more.
Dynamic maps and turn-by-turn directions make it easier to find your way in the world.
Blind Spot Monitor with Cross-Traffic
Change lanes and back out of parking spaces more confidently with the help of visual and audible alerts. The Impreza can even stop itself if you're about to back into something.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Set your speed and the Impreza slows down when it approaches slower traffic, and speeds up again when the road is clear. It even works in stop-and-go situations..
Standard All-Wheel Drive
The Impreza is the lowest-priced all-wheel drive vehicle you can buy.
Use the 8-inch touchscreen to find nearby parking, check the weather, listen to iHeart radio and more.
Starlink Safety and Security
Subaru's telematics systems offers a range of functionalities from automatic collision notification to remote vehicle unlocking via smartphone app.
2017 Subaru Impreza Safety Ratings
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